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Veterans

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities as ranking member include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5245, the SHIELD for Veterans Act, which includes a provision introduced by Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) requiring the VA to allow veterans to remove dependents using its eBenefits portal. This will help ensure veterans do not have a debt to the VA because they were overpaid for dependent benefits.

September 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs better identify veterans facing higher mental health risks. The VA Precision Medicine Act would require the agency to implement an initiative that identifies brain health biomarkers to help determine which veterans are at higher risk for depression, post-traumatic stress, and other threats to mental health.

August 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the Access to Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, a bipartisan bill to expand access to VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators for veterans. The bill would require every VA Medical Center to have at least one Suicide Prevention Coordinator on staff and available to help local veterans.

July 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the bipartisan Transition for Success Act with Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA), William Timmons (R-SC), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Greg Murphy (R-NC), and Max Rose (D-NY). This legislation expands access to the SkillBridge Program by allowing all National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to participate in the program upon departing military service and transitioning to civilian life.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced legislation to expand VA home loan benefits to National Guard and Army Reserve members who have been activated by governors under orders authorized by Title 32 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, recent civil disturbances, and natural disasters. Currently, members of the National Guard and Army Reserves are only eligible for the VA home loan program if they have had 90 consecutive days of active service under orders authorized by Title 10 of the U.S.C.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced legislation to provide greater flexibility for veterans to receive disability exams. Bost’s bill would allow certain specialty health care providers to conduct disability exams across state lines.

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, today applauded House passage of the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 6168). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Bost and Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA), will ensure our nation’s veterans receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) as Social Security recipient. The bill would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities beginning December 1, 2020.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, today participated in a virtual forum to discuss the veterans’ disability claims process in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bost led several Republican members in participating in the forum from the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing room instead of from remote locations, while taking the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI) program. The Veteran Families Financial Support Act would reform the S-DVI program so that service-connected disabled veterans could receive up to $40,000 of insurance coverage and veterans under the age of 45 with service-connected disabilities would be able to receive coverage through the VA, even if they had been previously denied coverage by private insurance providers.

January 8, 2020 In The News

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